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Meditation 293
Deist Flew Flawed

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I wrote about philosopher Antony Flew and his conversion from atheism to deism, and that I think he is wrong.

Flew has come to his conclusion because he thinks that current scientific evidence supports the theory that some sort of intelligence created the universe.

In that assumption, Flew is wrong, which removes the logical underpinning for his newfound belief.

Current scientific evidence does not support the theory that some sort of intelligence created the universe.

On the other hand, neither does current scientific evidence disprove the theory that some sort of intelligence created the universe. But failure to disprove is not the same as proof.

Current scientific evidence does not disprove the theory that the universe was created by a cosmic fart. (See Meditation 1a) And in spite of that failure on the part of science, I am not converting to homersimpsonflatulenceism.

As Professor Lewis Wolpert of University College, London commented on Flew's rationale for changing his mind:

"Only a philosopher could be so silly. The plain fact is that there is no scientific evidence for a God."